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THESE WORDS LEAVING MY BODY

Lourdes Hernández

This book is a compilation of poems I wrote, captions from my Instagram feed, memories from my childhood and photos I took with my analog cameras during my twenties. This is 10 years of work I didn’t know I was producing, in the midst of an anxiety that didn’t allow me to think I was producing anything at all. Gathering all these moments and pieces has made me understand who has continued to live inside of me, despite my constant doubts about who I am, and what I’m here for. Making this book is both a rite of passage and a homage to those years, places and people that are gone, in case I ever lose my memory, and I need to remember what fleeting thoughts and small things I felt to be especially relevant at the time. I’d like to thank my grandmother for her heavy relationship with time, my mother for her painful use of freedom and my dad for his lifelong regrets – for gifting me with an ongoing grieving process I’ve now learned to worship as a religion of mine. Cheers to sadness. There’s nothing wrong with that.

Lourdes Hernandez, a.k.a. Russian Red is a singer-songwriter and artist from Madrid who came to prominence with the release of her 2008 debut album “I Love Your Glasses”. Extensive touring in Asia, Latin America and Europe followed her second album recorded in 2011 with Belle & Sebastian in Glasgow. Lourdes moved to LA in 2013 to work on music and explore other creative disciplines. Since then she has released two more records, acted in local and international film and opened a multipurpose
space in Highland Park which was a reference spot for local artists. Currently using her music
in connection with contemporary dance, film and theatrical performances the Madridean is publishing her first book; a collection of poems, memories and photos she’s compiled from the last 10 years of her life.

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